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12/12 News in Brief

*Monmouth to fete downtown project*LWC plans to hold officer elections*'Cards for Guards' taking donations*WHS sets up new website address

December 11, 2012

Monmouth to fete downtown project

MONMOUTH -- The city of Monmouth will host a holiday lighting ceremony and ribbon cutting in the downtown area on Wednesday (today) to celebrate the completion of its Main Street Streetscape project.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Catron streets. Community members are welcome to attend.

For more information: 503-838-0722.

LWC plans to hold officer elections

MONMOUTH -- The Luckiamute Watershed Council will conduct its monthly board meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth.

The meeting will include officer elections and cover other business, including an update on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Boards Council Support Grant transition, council policy development, project updates and more.

LWC's monthly meetings are the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Volunteer Hall. The public is welcome.

The Luckiamute Watershed Council is a volunteer, nongovernmental advisory group composed of people living or working in the Luckiamute and Ash Creek watersheds.

For more information: Kristen Larson, LWC coordinator, 503-837-0237; email to info@luckiamutelwc.org; online at www.luckiamutelwc.org.

'Cards for Guards' taking donations

SALEM -- The Oregon National Guard is accepting donations of gift cards for its annual "Cards for Guards" holiday program.

Many Oregon National Guard soldiers are currently deployed, leaving their families to sacrifice financially. By purchasing a gift card in any dollar amount to a grocery store, gas station, department store, toy store or home improvement store, contributors are helping put gifts under the Christmas tree or assisting families with food or other needed items.

The gift cards are distributed to soldiers' families throughout the state, including Polk County.

Gift cards can be sent to: Gen. Mike Caldwell, Oregon National Guard, P.O. Box 14350, Salem, OR 97309.

Humane Society has new web address

SALEM -- The Willamette Humane Society, which serves Polk County from its office in south Salem, has a new domain shortcut that will please text savvy users of mobile devices as well as other online users.

Instead of having to type in WillametteHumane.org or WillametteHumaneSociety.org, you can now find the organization at www.whs4pets.org.

"This is a great opportunity for us to update our branding and simplify our domain name at the same time so it is easier for people to find us," said WHS Executive Director Joan Towers.

Although www.willamettehumanesociety.org will continue to be the primary address, other domain names such as www.willamettehumane.org have expired and will not redirect the user to the site.

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